Being able to design the official poster for one of Detroit’s most nationally visible events is quite the honor.

21-year-old Kaylin Mahoney, a junior at CCS, was selected last as the winner of the fifth annual competition following an afternoon of judging at the downtown Detroit college campus.

Mahoney’s creative vision of the Grand Prix) featured a unique watercolor design with the cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series racing side-by-side beneath the picturesque Detroit skyline.

CCS student Lexi Pape finished second in the competition while the design created by Dan Rees earned third place.

This is the fifth consecutive year, local students at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit had an opportunity to showcase their creativity and design in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear official poster competition – and they did not disappoint.

Mahoney’s poster was selected from among the top five finalists as each student presented their designs in front of a seven-judge panel Thursday afternoon.

The artistic rendering created by Mahoney will be refined over the next several weeks and will be unveiled in its final poster form at a special Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear media lunch at the Lear Innovation Center in Detroit on April 26.

The Grand Prix has provided an opportunity for the students’ talent to shine in the official poster contest since 2013. The annual competition gives the students a chance to create a unique piece of art and keep alive the Grand Prix tradition of commemorative posters that date back to the very first Detroit Grand Prix in 1982.

The seven-person panel that judged the final entries on Thursday included Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix; Brad Galli, WXYZ-TV Channel 7 sports anchor and reporter; Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press sports section lead designer; Terri Tahnoose, Vice President of Global Product Marketing for Lear Corporation; Tim Flattery, Chair of Entertainment Arts at CCS; Henry Payne, Detroit News auto critic and editorial cartoonist and Paul Arnone, General Motors lead designer for Special Vehicles and Performance Parts.

The Detroit Grand Prix returns to Belle Isle over the weekend of June 2-4, 2017.

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